Meeting of the Executive Office of the Woman Wing of the CAPP

The 2nd meeting of the Executive Office of the Woman Wing of the Council of African Political Parties was held in Khartoum, Sudan during the period 13 – 15 April 2018 and was kindly hosted by the National Congress Party, Sudan. A training workshop was organized on the margin of the meeting to the leaders of Women Organizations in the African Political Parties.

The inaugural Session was addressed by Mrs. Gamar Habani , Secretary of the woman Secretariat at the National Congress Party, and after welcoming the delegations and guests to the session; she referred to the achievements of the Sudanese woman and her contribution at the Political, legislative and executive levels. She referred to the Training workshop in realizing the strategic objectives of the African Woman. The acting President of the Woman Wing Mrs. Annah Nyokabi  said in her statement that the role of the African Woman is deeply rooted in the African Communities which consequently led to her Political Participation and expressed the hope that the African Woman will make more breakthroughs in this respect. H.E. Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie   Secretary General of the Council of African Political Parties briefed the session on the establishment of the Council of African Political Parties and its auxiliary bodies and their role in realizing the objectives of the Council. He expressed confidence in the capacity of the African Woman and the need to support her in mobilizing her energy in the renaissance project in Africa and said the Council is keen to play its role in the capacity building of the African Woman.

The Session was concluded by the statement of the Guest of honor H.E. Ibrahim Elsanousi , Assistant to H.E. the President of the Republic. He said that the Woman is the basic partner on equal footing to the man and that she is not only qualified to compete on all Political and executive positions, rather she should be given priority to the man and for this purpose the African woman should struggle to grab her rights to gain the status she deserves in public life.

The meeting discussed the performance report of the Executive Office and decided to intensify the activities in the next phase. The meeting endorsed the organizational structure of the Executive Office and the Plan of action up to the 2nd meeting of the General Assembly of the Wing in August 2019.

The workshop was held in three sessions. The first was chaired by Mrs. Naha Bint Hamdi Ould Meknes , Minister of Commerce _ Republic of Mauritania in the presence of Mrs. Gamar Habbani , Secretary of Women of the National Congress Party in Sudan. The paper was presented by Dr. Lamia Abdel Ghaffar, Chairperson of the foreign relations department in the Woman Secretariat of the NCP, Ms Majuro Geres of the African Women’s association. And Ms. Jacqueline Benjamin of South Sudan commented on the paper. The paper discussed the sustainable political participation of African women.

The second session was chaired by Ms. Jayousi Melloua of Zambia, Deputy Chairperson of the Women’s Wing of the Council of African Political Parties. The session covered the experiences of political participation in Rwanda, Morocco and Ghana. The comment was made by Ms. Mariam Muhamata Demil from Chad.

The third session dealt with two experiences from Sudan, the experience of Sudanese women parliamentarians and the media experience in Sudan.

The leaders of women organizations in African Political Parties discussed with great interest in the three Sessions of the training workshop a conceptual paper on the sustained political participation of the African Woman, the realities of the Political Participation of the woman with study cases of four African Countries and the experience of the Sudanese Parliamentarians, the Sudanese Women in the media sector.

The delegations of the women organizations in the Political Parties paid a visit to the headquarters of the Sudanese Woman Association where they were briefed about the history of the Sudanese woman and her role in the community. The delegations also paid a field visit to Africa international University and were briefed of the role of the university in graduating over the years, qualified cadres from the African sister Countries in all scientific fields.

On behalf of participating delegations from African countries, Mrs. Naha Bint Hamdi Ould Meknes expressed her thanks and gratitude to the President of the Republic, H.E Marshal Omar Al-Bashir, for hosting this important meeting of the Woman Wing of the Council of African Political Parties

The delegations of the Women Organizations in the African Political Parties expressed due thanks and appreciation to the National Congress Party for the hospitality accorded to them and for the support of government and people of Sudan to the Council of African Political Parties.

 

 

The third meeting of the General Assembly ــــ Khartoum, Sudan, 19-20 August 2017

The General Secretariat of the Council of African Political Parties oversees the third meeting of the General Assembly of the Council, hosted by the General Secretariat, Khartoum, Sudan, from 19-20 August 2017.
The third meeting of the General Assembly of CAPP is of special importance. The first term of office of the Bodies of CAPP elected in the Constitutive Conference in April 2013 has elapsed and the most important agenda items of the third meeting of the General Assembly are:-

Elections of the leadership and Bodies of the Council as follows:

Election of the President of CAPP, the five Vices-President and members of the Standing Committee.

Election of the Executive Committee of CAPP.

Adoption of the Executive Rule of the Coordination Councils of the Regions and election of the coordination Councils.

               Draft Program of the Meeting

 

 

Council of African Political Parties Draft Communiqué of the 7th meeting of the Standing Committee 3-4 September 2016- Rabat-Kingdom of Morocco

The Standing Committee of the Council of African Political Parties meeting in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco in its seventh session, on 3-4 September 2016, kindly hosted by the Justice and Development Party, commends the good Organization and the authentic Moroccan generosity. The Committee commends the efforts undertaken by H.E. Davies Chama   and H.E. Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie to ensure the success of the meeting. After the deliberations on the items on its agenda and the review of the biannual report of the Bodies of the Council and their implementation and the discussion of the action plan framework   for 2017 and the performance reports of the Youth and Women Wings of CAPP and the agenda of the next meeting of the Executive Committee decided the following:-

  1. Adoption of the biannual report of the Council.
  2. Adoption of the Action Plan framework for 2017 as presented by the Chairperson and the General Secretariat and the remarks made during the discussion.
  3. Adoption of the agenda of the Executive Committee as amended during the discussion.
  4. Adoption of the reports of the Youth and Women Wings as presented to the Committee.
  5. To call on the General Secretariat to take reasonable and necessary arrangements to implement these decisions and establish the Economic Council and the Media Forum as soon as possible.

On the other side and on reviewing the political developments in the African Continent and the challenges facing its Countries to establish their democratic institutions and the obstacles that hinder the realization of the integrated economic development of Africa and on looking into the serious threats targeting the security of the peoples and threatening the stability of the Countries, declares the following:-

 

  1. Calls on all African Political Parties to develop their Democratic practices within their parties and at the National level to strengthen their political stand and to safeguard the democratic assets of the African Countries and the respect of elections results and completion of the democratic institutions.
  2. Condemnation of the foreign interference in the domestic affairs of the African Countries and the attempts to destabilize them and infringe on their sovereignty and institutions and reiterates the decision of the Executive in its meeting in Lusaka not to recognize the International Criminal Court which deliberately targets African heads of State .
  3. Condemnation of all forms of terrorism, violence and organized crime which threaten the stability of the African Continent and its peoples.
  4. Rejects all actions that threaten the unity and territorial integrity of the African Countries and condemns the attempts of the neo-colonialism to disintegrate the Countries and encourage separatist movements.
  5. Upraises the Democratic elections which took place this year in many African Countries
  6. Urges all parties in African Countries facing armed conflicts to reconcile in the interest of their peoples.
  7. Encourages all initiatives to achieve sustained economic development in the Countries of the Continent and overcome  the fragile circumstances and, in this regard, calls to establish the economic Council and develop its performance to achieve its objectives.

Welcoming the decision of the Kingdom of Morocco resume its membership in the African initiations and the removal of all obstacles obstructing is target and commending Morocco for hosting the Cop 22 Conference, the Committee calla on all African Political Parties members of the Council to take necessary measures, within their means to ensure, the success of this international Conference in the African Continent.

The Standing Committee expresses once more its gratitude to the Justice and development party for hosting its seventh session and congratulates its members on the success on this session and commends the efforts undertaken by the Presidency and the General Secretariat to serve the unity and the comprehensive sustained development in Africa.

 

Done in Rabat on 04 September 2016

Secretary General of the Council of African Political Parties

7th meeting of the standing committee 3-4 September 2016_Rabat, Morocco

Biannual Report of the General Secretariat

  1. This report covers the activities of the Council during the period January _ July 2016. The report outlines the agenda of the meetings of the Bodies of the Council, the decisions taken and their implementation. The General Secretariat also reports on the external participation of CAPP and relations with regional and international organization. The report of the General Secretariat updates contacts and agreements with the African Union and other African organizations.
  2. Firstly: meetings of the Bodies of the Council:-

Upon kind invitation from the National Congress Party, Sudan, Khartoum hosted the 6th meeting of the Standing Committee, the 2nd meeting of Executive Committee and the 2nd meeting of the General Assembly. The Standing Committee held its meeting on 27th of March 2016 and adopted the performance report of 2013, 2014 and 2015 and referred it to the Executive Committee.  The Committee discussed the proposed amendments to the Statute of CAPP and recommended to forward them for more discussion by the Executive Committee. The Committee recommended that CAPP joins the Alliance of Climate and Environment and approved the draft of the Co-operation Agreement with UNESCO and the establishment of the Economic Council and Media Forum of CAPP.

  1. The Executive Committee held its second meeting on the 28th of March 2016 and discussed the proposed amendments of the statute and all the recommendations referred to it by the Standing Committee. The Executive Committee approved some amendments and decided to refer them to the General Assembly. The Executive Committee decided to establish the Economic Council and the Media Forum of CAPP as recommended by the Executive Committee and made some recommendations to boost the administrative and institutional performance of the Council.
  2. The General Assembly held its second meeting on the 29th of March 2016, in which 57 delegates representing 26 Political Parties from 21 countries along with senior leaders of the host country, the representative of the African Union to Sudan and the African Ambassadors in Khartoum. The General Assembly discussed all items on the agenda and adopted the report of the General Secretariat and recommended that the Secretariat organize workshops to discuss issues of interest to Africa.

The General Assembly discussed in detail the proposed amendments to the Statute item by item and introduced some amendments most important of which is the enlargement of the membership of the Standing Committee and the establishment of Regional Coordination Councils. The General Assembly adopted the plan of action Framework for 2016.

The meetings of the Bodies of the Council were very successful with large representation of the Political Parties and contribution in the discussion and decision taking.

Secondly: Cooperation with Regional and International Organization:

  1. The council of African Political Parties Participated actively in the tri-partite meeting of CAPP, ICAPP and COPPPAL held in D’jakarta, Indonesia on 22nd -24th.April 2016.H.E. the Secretary General and representatives of twelve African Political Parties participated in the meeting.
  • The meeting discussed in three sessions issues of political freedoms, enhancement of democracy, climate change, regional problems, conflicts, terrorism, corruption and good governance. Participants in the meeting stressed the importance of cooperation between the three organizations to strengthen democracy and welfare of the peoples which was the theme of the meeting.
  1. E. the Secretary General of CAPP presided one of the three sessions and organized a meeting to coordinate between African delegations. H.E. the Secretary General held meeting with the President of Golkar party and the Democratic Party of Indonesia, who co-hosted the meeting .H.E. the Secretary General also met Mrs. Helga Steven, member of the European Parliament, and briefed her on the activities of the Council since its establishment in 2013 and they discussed areas of cooperation between the Council and European Parties.
  2. The final communiqué stressed the need to hold regular meetings and the establishment of a mechanism to co-ordinate the tripartite cooperation as a flashback for the Bandung conference held between Asia and Africa in the fifties of the last century.

The participation of the Council of African Political Parties with many Political Parties reflected the keenness of CAPP to play its role at continent level.

  1. Thirdly :Joint training program of Youth and Women Wings:27th June – 6th July 2016:-

The Council organized in co-operation with China a training program for 16 young men and women from thirteen English speaking Countries. The program included lectures on the State and the Party in China, Chinese African relations Party structure discipline and experience of the Party in the upward build-up the Party. The program included field visits to rural development areas within the program of poverty alleviation. The program also included training of Youth in Politics in the institutions of the Party and professional training. The next training program in China will be from French Speaking Countries.

Fourthly: Relations with the African Union Participation in the 26th Summit of the A.U:

  1. The Council participated as observer in the 26th Summit of the African Union held in Addis Ababa on 26 – 31 January 2016 in accordance with the Memorandum of understanding signed between the two Parties in August 2013. The delegation was headed by H.E. the Secretary General and held meetings with officials at the African Union. Summary of the conclusions of these meetings are as follows:-

1/Political Affairs Department and elections:

  1. The Director of the Political Affairs department agreed to the following proposals presented by the General Secretariat:
  2. Endorse the list of observers to elections in Africa of the Council provided that the C.V including the educational qualifications and experience.
  3. Training of observers of the Council in a program funded by the A.U.
  4. Assist in capacity building of Political Parties to implement the African charter on good governance, elections, human rights and rule of constitution and law. The General Secretariat looks forward to receiving the vision of the AU on this matter.

 

2/Department of Human Rights:-

  1. The Council and A.U will intensify contacts to agree on the participation of political parties in workshops of the A.U to implement the African Charter on human rights.
  2. Organization of a joint workshop on the participation of Political Parties in the implementation of the African Charter on the Rule of law, good governance and human rights for African Political Parties.
  3. The representative of the African Union made full presentation on the declaration of 2016 as the year of human rights with special emphasis on women rights on the margin of the General Assembly of CAPP.

To boost cooperation between the Council and the African Union, the General Secretariat is planning a visit to the A.U Commissioner of political Affairs.

3/ the Peace and Security Council:-

  1. The Commissioner of the Peace and Security Council agreed to cooperation with Political Parties in the prevention of conflicts that relate to contesting election results. Both Parties will consult on how they can cooperate on issue:

Fifthly: Observation of elections in Uganda:

  1. Upon invitation from the African Union, the assistant to the Secretary General of CAPP participated in the observation mission of the elections in Uganda on 18-19 February 2016. Arrangements made by the A.U were very good including selection of observers from representatives of African Ambassadors accredited to the A.U Pan-African Parliament, election commissions in some African Countries and civil society organizations.

Sixthly: Relations with the Pan African Parliament and Regional and African Parliaments:-

  1. 1/Pan African Parliament:-

H.E. the Secretary General visited the Pan African parliament and delivered a statement to explain the objectives of the Council and its activities. A meeting was held with the president of the parliament and the president of the Pan African parliament later visited the premises of the Council in Khartoum and agreed with the Secretary General of CAPP to sign a memorandum of understanding in Egypt in October 2016.

2/Parliament of the Great lakes:

The Assistant of the Secretary General participated in the activities of the parliamentary Forum of the region of the Great Lakes, namely the meeting of the Development and natural resources held in Khartoum, Sudan in April 2016. He was elected president of the Forum for one year. In this Framework a workshop on the use of natural resources for economic development was held in Nairobi, Kenya.

3/Meeting with the Kenyan parliament delegation:

H.E. the Secretary General met the Kenyan parliamentary delegation in visit to Khartoum, Sudan. It was agreed to strengthen the objectives of the Council in Parliaments to achieve solidarity to free the will of the continent.

Seventhly: Media and the Website:

  • The Media:

The department of media arranged media coverage for activities of the Secretariat which included for the period covered by this report the media coverage of the meetings of the Standing and Executive Committees and the General Assembly held in Khartoum 27 -29th March 2016.

 

  1. the Website :-

The website of the Council has been developed prior to the meetings of the Bodies of the Council and served to :-

  • Extend invitations and post all the documents of the above meetings.
  • Live coverage of the deliberations of the General Assembly session and website update from inside the General Assembly including pictures, Statements, Videos of the General Assembly.
  • Coverage of the lecture of the African Union on human and Peoples rights and its dissemination through the website in Audio and Video.
  • Posting of the documents of the Council signed by H.E. the President of the Council on the link- documents the Council in three languages they are:-
  • Statute 2016.
  • Rule of the Youth Wing.
  • Rule of the Women Wing
  • New links were added to the website one for the Youth Wing and the second for the Women Wing.
  • Regular coverage on the website of the activities of CAPP and meetings of the Secretary General and Statements issued by the General Secretariat.